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, cheryl saban, who's being doing heroic work as a public delegate with our team at the united nations. there are so many friends here, and it's always a little dangerous -- in fact, a lot dangerous -- to acknowledge or point out any. but obviously, i want to thank martin indyk and tamara wittes and all the thinkers and scholars whose insights help us navigate this very difficult, challenging time. i also want to say a special word to two friends who are retiring. one, senator joe lieberman, who is leaving the senate and going into standup comedy, i'm told. [laughter] he's got a lot of good lines; i've heard many of them over the years. but he and hadassah deserve some very well merited time for themselves. and of course, ehud barak, who's announced his retirement. and so we want to wish you very much happiness in the future as well. let me also acknowledge the chairman of my authorizing and oversight committee, senator john kerry. [applause] >> thank you, john. and teresa heinz, it's wonderful seeing you here as well. [applause] my congresswoman, nita lowey, who does such a great job
.t.u., a branch of the united nations. and some want to give it new powers. several countries see the internet as a tool for political and/or economic control that they want to exploit. for example, russia's putin has openly stated his intention to seek, and i'm quoting, international control over the internet using the monitoring and supervisory capabilities of the i.t.u., end quote. and just last week, the syrian government shut off internet access as the regime sought top suppress the free exchange of information among its private citizens. but it's because the internet is the ultimate tool of political and economic liberation that we should foster and protect it, not give those who fear its impact on politics and the economy the power to repress its continued innovation and untapped potential. i also want to make an important point about our legitimacy in the fight to keep the internet thrive democratic and decentralized. unfortunately, we did undermine our credibility when the federal communications commission imposed net neutrality regulations without the proper statutory authority to do
and problem areas as forms of slavery. example i have used is a tendency in the united nations where by the last 40 years since the late 1970's, the united nations has been talking about the slavery-like populations of apartheid and colonialism. here we have an exercise in rhetoric. the collective suffering, dominion, and exploitation of our broader population with forms of individualized suffering and dominion. there is a tendency to expand the boundaries of slavery, partly as an exercise in drawing attention to various problem areas, and partly as a sense that the abolition of slavery does not mean very much. if we legally abolished something, and the things we thought we were combating, the things we were hoping to eradicate aptly persist under various other guises -- actually persist under various other guises. sometimes this works very well, sometimes it works very poorly. a problem that arises is that it has a tent -- is that it has a tap -- is that it has a tendency to model coherence. we have to go complications. -- to muddle coherence. we have to go complications. slavery be
of the interim government of mali, ecowas, the african union, the united nations, neighboring states and others in the international community to prepare a military response in accordance with international law, address the threat of terrorists and extremists in northern mali. the threat of military force has contributed, we think, to a change in some of the northern groups, as witnessed by the recent willingness to have mnla and other members to renounce their efforts to establish an independent state in northern mali. the military concept proposed by ecowas and endorsed by the african union provides a found eags for planning a proposed military intervention in northern mali. however, several key questions must be answered to ensure that this response is well planned, well resourced, and appropriate. these issues include among other things the required force levels, the cost in funding needs, the logistical requirement the operational timeliness, the protection of civilians and ensuring that the proposed military action is adequately linked to a political strategy and an end state for military
and chinese governments. the administration was right to initially work through the united nations. but due to russian and chinese intransigence, the syrian suffering has continued. ambassador ford has led the charge in coordinating humanitarian assistance. let me share a few thoughts on this brave american, ambassador afford. i am glad he had a chance to catch up with you today and speak to you. his personal courage and commitment, seeing a way forward in syria is remarkable. his visit in july of 2011 stand as a testament to american commitment and concern for the syrian people. i was proud to cheer his confirmation hearing to stand as ambassador, and have appreciated his friendship and openness to engage. he is precisely the kind of diplomats we need in these challenging times in the middle east, and we need more robert fords. ambassador ford and his team have led an effort to support a more cohesive and moderate opposition political groups in syria. this has not been easy. opposition political organizing is difficult in the best of circumstances. not to mention during a war and after dec
to maintain that freedom. we don't want the united nations control oferte internet. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlelady fromtown tfpblet mrs. blackburn: thank you, mr. speaker. we have no further speakers, and as i close i want to thank ms. eshoo for the leadership that she has given. she's the ranking member of the telecommunications and internet subcommittee. i also want to draw attention to the outstanding work that representative mary bono mack did as she led the debate and the discussion and pushed for the resolution authored the resolution that the house passed earlier on this very issue. i also want to thank her for her work with senator rubio and having a resolution that would be agreed to by both chambers. as ms. eshoo indicated errier, the senate resolution makes a technical change, a small technical change in the resolution that was passed by the house. . this is where the u.s. needs to stand firm. it's how we can stand firm for freedom. i encourage the passage of this resolution, and i encourage that we as a body
residing outside they have -- outside of the country to vote. working with the united nations high commission for refugees that maintains statist exs on displaced persons and refugee the government could allow the new significant population of refugees in neighboring countries and internally displaced persons to vote while trying to free the north. at the same time as logistically challenging as maybe holding elections in northern regions would be the strongest signal possible of mali's exercise of sovereignty and early steps at rebilling its democracy. the transition government must continually and clearly communicate government plans and actions to the public and be cognizant of the potential crisis of legitimacy that looms on the horizon once the may, 2013, date lapses. the international community needs to harmonizeits approach to the polls that could lead to a legitimate elected government and could help in the north. >> it also exacerbates fears that there may be a conspiracy afoot. active u.s. support would booster the hands within the country and reinforce the regional body.
by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.] the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 398. the nays are two. one recorded as present. 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the unfinished business is the question on agreg to the speaker's approval of the journal on which the yeas and nays were ordered. the question is on agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal. members will record their votes by electronic device. this will be a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expr
and information to follow up on. the united nations and from a program says the burning of coal is the single most largest anthropogenic source of mercury air emissions, have a more than tripled since 1970. coal burning is increasing alongside at it -- alongside economic growth. this is from a report. there was a report done by the university of texas that showed a statistically significant link between pounds of industrial release of mercury and increased austism rates. autism prevalence was reduced by 1% to 10% from the pollution source. the background of the study was that during the time the studied by the texas team, they quoted the us epa estimating environmental mercury releases at 158 million tons annually nationwide in the late 1990's. when will -- are you aware of any studies other than this texas study that has a link between neurotoxic chemicals and the environment and increased rates of autism ? >> i am aware of other studies, for instance the one i mentioned earlier, looking at auto emissions and pregnancy early in life. clearly an association between that exposure and autism rates.
education and the national security of the united states? it did not turn out to be a terribly hard selll. first she cursed me because she knew i had at that point. she was there. she and joel co-chaired this task force report, our version of the commission. the idea was to take people with disparate backgrounds, educators, people do not often come together in the same space, and essentially raise the question about what is the relationship between the educational challenges we face in the national security challenges we face? to recsast this issue. the fact that you are here reflects the fact that you are here at the risk of being redundant and redundant. what we wanted to do is get people who read foreign affairs rather than the chronicle of higher education. and journals such as -- so what they have done is help put out this report. it is on cfr.org. the idea was not to resolve everything but put the issue center stage. let me turn to them to start. let's do with the basic question. is there a close link between the state of k-12 and americas cities? >> take the very much. i was invite
in syria, possibly even today in that devastating area. certainly perfect partner at the united nations for four years in diligent, excellent, astute, thoughtful, and patriotic service has been susan e. rice, a daughter of washington, d.c., and parents who loved america. a graduate of stanford university where, of course, she earned department honors and university distinction. became a harry s. truman scholar, phi beta kappa, and rhodes scholarship. certainly a beginning that did not warrant the kind of personal attacks that we have seen. i think we should leave politics and campaigns and won or lost races to november 6, 2012. for you cannot debate a political and presidential campaign around a patriotic public servant. if there is a nomination for ambassador rice, the senate has every right to advise and consent and the votes need to be taken on up and down. i can assure you that if she is nominated by the president, she will serve this nation well. as she has done in the past. i know her well as the assistant secretary for african affairs under the clinton administration. dealing wit
violations of human rights. iran has refused access to the united nations special reperteur on human rights. in september, 2011, the un secretary-general submitted a report to the general assembly in which he said he was "deeply troubled by reports of increased numbers of executions, amputations, arbitrary arrests and detentions, unfair trials, torture, and ill treatment and bemoaned the crackdown on human rights activists, lawyers, journalists, and opposite -- and opposition activists." one example from the week's news -- there was what qualifies in i ran as a some good news -- a well-known human rights lawyer ended her 49-day hunger strike on december four. she has been imprisoned since 2010 and the regime had imposed a travel ban on her husband and 12-year-old daughter. she was on a hunger strike for 49 days and has actually stopped of thunderstrike amid an indication that the regime will lift the travel ban. the victories are small and hard won and the news is relentlessly negative. but it comes at an interesting moment both for iran which has parliamentary collections of next june typi
excellence in research needed to help the united states to achieve national goals for health, energy, the environment, and security in the global community of the 21st century? the national research council is the working group of the national academy. they produce products that informed public opinion, shape policies, and advance the pursuit of engineering in madison. that question posed by congress is pretty complicated. the national research council leaders needed to put together a panel of leaders that represent a broad range of disciplines. they convened leaders from business and industry, from the academy, and from government. i had the privilege of being a member of the panel. congress asked for ten actions that can be taken to shore up universities. restructured our report around 10 recommendations. one of those recommendations focused on policies affecting the flow of international scholars and students to the united states. more and more international students are applying to come to our research universities. uva has had a 60% increase in such applications in the last thre
, and confusion, from pride, arrogance and fear of each other. to send our liberties and fashioned into one united people the multitude. we pray that he will shower with your life giving spirit those with whom we trust the authority of our government. that we may be a blessing to all the nations of the world. in a time of prosperity, fill our thoughts with thankfulness, and let us not lose our trust in you. let this national tree be a reminder that in some inexplicable way you are standing next to us at all times. all this we ask in your most holy name, amen. >> good evening. i have asked the national park foundation and the national park service. it is a privilege to participate in the national christmas tree lighting. 90 years ago, the scrams tradition -- this grand tradition began. through the years, the tradition has continued in times of peace and times of war. times of prosperity and times of hardship. steadfast and true for 90 years, we have come here. tonight, we gather in the majesty of president's park to honor this place. in our nation is woven together with moments and places such as t
to stop the brinksmanship on dealing with the national debt. it is putting us in a place where the idea that a couple times a year be in a position to hold hostage of the full faith and credit of the united states and the say we are not going to meet our national obligations. it is not acceptable. the thing that is different this time is i think the vast majority of the american people have figured out, they know when you start playing games with the debt ceiling, america's credit rating is reduced and that has consequences in economic growth. we are not going to play this game with brinksmanship every six months. those are the two things that are minimally required at. we are prepared to sit down and listen to alternatives they have on entitlements. we are prepared. we do not think there is much room but we are prepared to look at the discretionary budget. but we think we need a package where the revenue is in the range of $1.70 trillion over 10 years. >> [inaudible] >> well, i will let the american people make their judgment about whether or not they think that is the case. we have la
exactly what you said on your first point. on your second point, the opec nations in being friends of the united states, i think the answer to that is that both sides have had a relationship that has been economically necessary, but i do not think the opec cartel conducts its affairs in a way to benefit the united states of america. they conduct their affairs so that they do not kill the goose that laid the golden egg. if you turn into the record on pages 8 and 9, you're asking for some visual clues as to what's going on here. if you look on page 8 coming will see the united states is paying about $20 million per month to import petroleum. you see the sharp rise in the line just before 2008 and then it sort of flat lines from 2008 going through the significant dip that was represented by the subprime mortgage meltdown. what's interesting about it is from that point forward it has remained about 50% of the balance of payments and deficits. that is because the oil cartel prices the marginal barrel of oil as what it costs to get it out of the ground and what the maximum is that they c
bless the united states of america. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2012] >> on friday, vice president joe biden visited the metro 29 diner in arlington, virginia. he spoke to the press about some of those personal stories and reiterated the white house stance on negotiations of the fiscal cliff. this is about 15 minutes. >> i went to begin by thanking all the folks around the table here for sharing their personal stories with may about how this increase in taxes -- my friend fernand no calculated it down to the penny. each of their stories are different. maybe after i head out, they will be willing to talk to you. the bottom line was that there is -- in the neighborhood we come from, there are $2,000 to $4,000 less in your paycheck next year makes the material difference in the way [indiscernible] i will let them decide the way to tell their personal stories spending one person at this table has two children with severe disabilities. twins come a beautiful little girls. a lot of programs they desperately need
they won it went against the grain of the national interest as a warren saw it. that is what he fought for -- the interest of the united states. he fought for it in the senate. he fought for it afterwards. he did so with the same push and shove as his political hero, theodore roosevelt. he spent the last three years of his life trying to rescue the united states from the threats emanating from a divided middle east, from the country's negligence about national security, and from the self- destructive synergy of chronic deficits and delusional economics. that is a sketch of a great patriot and a great friend, too. i will yield to others who are going to fill in that the sketch, beginning with warren's close friend, the majority leader of the united states senate, senator reid. [applause] >> we just made a deal. [laughter] the vice president and i were going to meet in the morning, but we will be in session tomorrow having votes. i also apologize. we have a bill that warren rudman was well aware of. the defense authorization bill is on the floor. i may have to excuse myself and go back a
. nd we can thank all o fyof you gathered here today for your continued support of your nation's military. god bless our men and women in uniform and their families and god bless the united states of america and thank you so very much for your service. [applause] >> thank you very much for those inspiring comments. ladies and gentlemen at this time, we will prepare for the official wreath laying at the freedom wall. >> explore the history and culture of new york's city albany this weekend on c-span2 on a book tv and american history to be on c-span3. next, a discussion about modern- day slavery and human trafficking. then president obama lighting the national christmas tree, all by the capitol christmas tree lighting ceremony with speaker john boehner. on newsmaker, the vermont governor, the new chairman at the democratic governors' association, talks about the state issues including employment and the affordable care act as well as the fiscal cliff and plant the 2013 and 2014 elections. newsmakers is live sunday at 10:00 a.m.. then we will again at 6 eastern on c-span. -- we w
immigrants have been viewed more or less favorably in the united states. this is a nation of immigrants but when immigration was largely cut off during the 1920's a lot of americans became estranged from the immigrant roots of their forebearers and lost the sense that we were a nation of immigrants. but in some parts of the country today you see the enormous vitality that comes with a really diverse and active population that attracts immigrants and the kind of zestfulness they add to a community like those in northern virginia or southern california or texas where i spent most of my adult life. so i'm not sure it's true that everybody has a negative attachment to immigration. but on the other hand, i think the political controversy about immigration much about undocumented immigrants has led people to a negative cast to immigration. i can tell you that the united states as well as europe and many other countries including eventually china because of our current demographic situation, we will turn to immigration increasingly because our ter tilt is approaching below replacement level so
are determined to remain an exceptional nation, this is the only way forward. if we embrace it, the promise of the 21st century is extraordinary. the united states will soon be the world's largest energy producer. it will allow manufacturers to return in force to our shores again. american innovation promises to revolutionize healthcare, communication, and transportation. every year millions of people all around the world are entering the middle class. they are now able to afford the things we built. i have heard it suggested that the problem is that the american people have changed. too many people want things from government. i'm still convinced that the overwhelming majority of our people just want what my parents had -- a chance, a real chance to earn a good living anda few weeks ago i was giving a speech at a fancy hotel in new york city. when i arrived in the banquet hall, i was approached by a group of u employees like the ones were working here tonight in the hotel's catering department. they had heard the story and had a gift for me. it presented me with this employee name tag -- r
as president of these united states, he works hire easily every day in the spirit of service for all of the people of our nation to help build the world where all of god's people will have the opportunity to live their lives showered with the blessings endowed upon them by our creator. so it is with great, great joy and pride that i am honored to introduce to all of you the 44th president of the united states of america, barack obama. ♪ ♪ >> merry christmas, everybody. michelle told me to be brief because she wants to hear music. thank you for that generous introduction and for your dedication to protecting our natural resources. i want to thank the whole national park foundation and the national park service team for helping to put on this beautiful production. let's give a big hand to kneel patrick harris and this evening's performers for putting on a fantastic show. and i want to thank all of you for joining us in this tradition. >> we have been lighting the national christmas tree for 90 years now, in times of war and peace, triumph and tragedy, we've always come together to
to commit to a balance plan to put our national debt act down to sustainable levels. the united states i believe is that a critical junction. we can come together and show the world that we still have responsible actors. people are watching, do we still have it? i spent a few days last fall meeting with the european leaders meeting with finance ministers and the head of the european commission to try to get a sense of europe. both peripheral countries as well as germany and finland. they all had a common view. they have got to find a way to work out all of their differences to save the euro. i believe they will. you can see it and feel it. they will find a way. they will muddle through, but they will find a way to get it done. these countries are also looking to us. we need to lead. europe shows us that this is the age of uncertainty. uncertainty leads business -- leaves the business is the sidelines. -- at the sidelines. they do not higher, especially with all that cash. confidence matters. we cannot leave people wondering what is coming down the pike. it especially matters in our econo
and instead leads the nation in ways that only one person can do, that is the president of the united states. to get to yes. house republicans are not prepared to get to foolish. and it is foolish to reject president obama's own self- described architecture of $3 in spending cuts for every dollar in new revenue. we are prepared to work and call on the white house to do the same thing. >> speaker boehner, president obama, the white house projection last offer -- \[inaudible] 53% of americans will blame republicans in congress if you go over the fiscal cliff. how long can you have that hard above. -- how long can you afford politically to have those tax cuts? >> america faces a very serious problem and our goal is to make sure it gets solved. we have a debt problem that is out of control. we have got to cut spending and i believe it is appropriate to put revenues on the table. the receive news we are putting -- of the revenues we are putting from, guess who? the rich. there are ways to limit deductions, close loopholes and have the same people pay more -- more of their money to the federal gov
continued support of your nation's military. god bless our men and women in uniform and their families. god bless our united states of america. thank you so very much for your service. thank you. [applause] >> explore the history and literary culture of new york capital city, albany, this weekend on booktv on c-span2. next, a forum on monday slavery and human trafficking. then a discussion about the state of public health in the u.s.. after that, the weekly address as a president obama and florida senator mark rubio. -- addresses of president obama and florida. tomorrow on "washington journal," stan collender and douglas holtx-eakin. an update on the situation in syria. "washington journal" live at 7:00 a.m. eastern on c-span. >> the supreme court will look at what was passed in 2008 by a majority of 6-3, and they will say, that is president. india -- indiana voter id. >> they will decide the indiana case, it was constitutional for them to establish. they did not say that all of those states -- >> they talked about indiana. let me finish. you are rupert -- you're misrepresenting what i am s
mismanages great leaders and why it's team for a revolution. in "freedom national, the destruction of slavery in the united states, 1861-1865" james oaks, history professor at the city university of new york argues that slavery was the foremost reason for the civil war. walter bender, charles cane, jodie cornish and kneel donahue who all contributed to producing the company one laptop per child, provide an outline for other social entrepreneurs and learning to change the world. in "napoleon" alan for rest recounts the life of napoleon. and another author entails tu -- >> without considering the atomic band. it was determined that they would cost 700,000 men, 250,000 of our youngsters, and 500,000 of them. >> as someone sort of in the middle of this, i choose to honor both. both the sacrifice and the sacrifice of american service men fighting their way through the pacific. and of a little girl like sadako, who died as a result of an atomic bombing. it's unimaginable what that must have been like to be close to that, to the center where that fire ball originated in the blast that was the strong
delegation and the united states air force band and for all of us of this year's lighting of the u.s. capitol tree. i wish you a merry christmas and a good night. [cheers and applause] captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2012] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] ♪ [band playing "joy to the world "] >> if you missed tonight's program, you will see it in our video library at c-span.org. marco rubio, winner of the 2012 jack kemp leadership award will be speaking with congressman paul ryan who won the award last year, the award named after former congressman jack kemp who ran for president and served as secretary of housing and urban development live tonight at 7:30 eastern. >> this weekend on c spanch american history tv, follow president truman's eldest grandson as he visits japan. >> everyone has their own view as top what happened. and i don't want to argue survival or about the history. we're past that. my whole purpose for being here is to listen and do what i can to see it doesn't happen again. >> we will discuss meetings with bomb survivors and inspirat
then said the united states faces a number of challenges, including large budget deficits, national debt, slower economic recovery from the recession, high unemployment, and a deep political divide on many issues. do you believe we will overcome these challenges in the foreseeable future as we have done in the past do you think these are you a unique set of challenges that we might not be able to overcome this challenges? 2/3 of voters say we will be able to do that, 31% have concerns about that. if you look at the bars, the one the spike up, younger voters confident we'll get there, african-american voters, 85%, hispanics, 66%, and in those are the fundamentals of democratic party, 85% of democrats saying it will improve. which of the following a purchase the government do you think the president to take put it this is the short term, long term, a visionary approach focusing on long-term goals or a practical approach to addressing near-term challenges? 55%, you see people wanting a longer term visionary approach. if you look across the bottom at the different groups, this is most popula
this zero sum-game splash and instead leads the nation in ways that only one person can do. that is the president of the united states. house republicans are prepared to get to yes. house republicans are not prepared to get to foolish. and it is foolish to reject president obama's own self-described architecture of $3 -- or $3 in spending cuts for every $1 in new revenue. so we're prepared to work and we call on the white house to do the same thing. >> speaker boehner, president obama -- [inaudible] the fox news poll after the november election said 60% of voters supported this going up. a new poll in "the washington post" says 53% of americans -- [inaudible] how long can you afford politically to have this hard line on those tax cuts for those making $250,000 or above? >> america faces a very serious problem. and our goal is to make sure it gets solved. we have a debt problem that is out of control. we've got to cut spending and i believe it's appropriate to put revenues on the table. now, the revenues we're putting on the table are going to come from, guess who? the rich.
. and republican senator bob corker. also on the program is the israeli a bastard to the united states. cnn's state of the union follows and welcomes the managing director of the international monetary fund, christine lagarde. at 4:00 p.m., here "face the nation"where they talked with alan simpson and erskine bowles. also on the program, an interview with cory booker. the sunday network tv shows are repairing here on c-span at noon -- here on cspan radio. listen to them all on cspan radio on 90.1 fm in the washington, d.c. area and nationwide on siriusxm radio. [video clip] >> the staff had to make the plan for the invasion of japan without considering the atomic bomb. it was estimated that to cocker the land would cost 700,000 man and 500,000 of them would be maimed for life. >> i choose to honor both the sacrifice of american servicemen fighting their way through the pacific and a little girl like sadako who died as a result of the atomic bomb. it is unimaginable with the most of them like to be close to that we're that far ball or originated and the blast was strongest. >> follow the journey th
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